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Writing within the New Zealand reality

November 8, 2015

Discussing the publishing scene in New Zealand with Selina Tusitala Marsh,  Witi Ihimaera has explained: “Insofar as writing is concerned, New Zealand writers accept the New Zealand reality because it’s their reality. Of course when I began writing that was my reality too. But when I thought about how I should describe the Maori condition, that meant having to contest the New Zealand reality! After all, it’s because of its imposition that Maori are the indigenous minority in this country.”

Ref: p.287 (emphases in blue bold mine) ‘Witi Ihimaera: Interviewed by Selina Tusitala Marsh, pp.284-305 in Words Chosen Carefully: New Zealand Writers in Discussion pp.108-133, Ed. Siobhan Harvey. Cape Catley Ltd: Auckland 2010

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